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NBC shuts down fake Studio 60 blog

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 25th 2006 10:02PM
studio 60 logoThe Defaker website, a mock blog linked off NBC's Studio 60 website, has been pulled off the internet. The LA Times has a great rundown about the rapid rise and fall of Defaker (obviously a spoof of Defamer). The fake blog, meant as a publicity stunt for Studio 60, was supposed to be a fan journal with gossip about the cast and crew of Studio 60 and thoughts on the fake show (Aaron Sorkin had nothing to do with it). The first entry on the blog basically recapped the season premiere. But, it was dumb. And it had open comments-- which summoned some Studio 60-haters and general hate toward NBC.

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CNN anchor leaving network to create "good news" website

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2006 6:06PM
Daryn KaganWell, it looks like the relentless drum of depressing news put forth by the 24-hour news networks has claimed its first victim. Daryn Kagan, the late-morning anchor at CNN, has decided to leave the network after 12 years to start -- wait for it -- DarynKagan.com.

Whoa! What the hell is she thinking, right? But here's the kicker: the site, debuting in November, will only report "good news". Wow. Sounds ambitious, considering the fact that no one ever seems to want to read good news and all. But, she has an upbeat attitude about it, as she told her colleagues in an e-mail announcing her departure: The site "will be an inspirational, online community dedicated to the radical idea that the world is a good place. Sounds different, I know. It is."

Hm. Maybe her time dating Rush Limbaugh that finally sent her over the edge. Well, we wish Daryn luck. She's gonna need it.

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YouTube meets MySpace on new MTV website, channel

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 24th 2006 9:34PM
mtv logoMTV is reaching out to the... uh... MTV generation with a new social networking website with accompanying television channel. The highlight of the website will be user-generated video clips and messages. On it, people can request music videos to be played (they still do that?), send on-screen messages via cell phone, and chat with each other through avatars. Basically, it's a user-generated television channel.

This is definitely for the video game generation. I already can't keep up with MTV when it scrolls messages across the screen over the rare music video. The new channel and website are called Flux. The website launches Tuesday, August 1st while the channel launches in September.

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Free web TV is a hit. Go figure.

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 20th 2006 9:04AM
abc logoHey! This video-on-the-internet thing just might be a good idea. That's the word from Disney this morning, except in a much more dignified manner. The company is declaring its free web video trial a success... and with good reason. During the first month of the trial, Disney reports that more than 11 million people watched free ABC programming (Lost, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Commander in Chief) on its website. And, an exit survey of users shows some astonishing news: 87 percent of respondents said they could remember which advertisements preceded the program they viewed. Compare that to the typical ad recall of 40 percent for television viewers. Wowza. You web users are smart cookies.

Disney is re-tooling the media site and will launch version 2.0 this fall, for which it should have no trouble getting advertising.

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Zach Braff launches new website -- VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 15th 2006 8:26AM
zach braffFinally! Zach Braff has re-launched his website. He gives a little video introduction via YouTube (embedded after the jump) where he talks about what he wants his website to be and explains why no one is getting a Zach Braff calendar for Christmas this year. He's going to be launching some sort of video contests where the winner may get to hang out on the set of Scrubs for a day. He also plans to do some interview with celebrities, starting with the stars of his new movie, The Last Kiss, which hits theaters in September. As with his previous website, Braff is also going to be blogging about music that he likes. And, of course, he'll be pimping the stuff he's working on and put exclusive 'First Look' footage on the site. Currently, there's an exclusive video clip of The Last Kiss.

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A new way to get on Jeopardy

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 22nd 2006 10:33AM
alex trebek website jeopardy!Answer: What is the internet?

Correct! For a limited time only, Jeopardy! is seeking out fans over this crazy thing we call the internet. From March 28-30 on its website, Jeopardy! will offer a 50-question, general knowledge quiz that potential contestants can take. Each day is designated for a specific time zone. The idea is for this test to reach out to people all over the United States, not just in the cities where Jeopardy! holds auditions. If you pass the test, you may be selected for an interview, an audition, and another test, and then you could be on the show!

If you get on, I dare you to do Darrell Hammond's Sean Connery. I DARE YOU.

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Nashville Star puts performances online

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 17th 2006 9:38AM
nashville star websiteThe producers of Nashville Star have gone all out with their website. First, you can download individual audio performances immediately after they air. Unfortunately, they don't like Mac users, so I can't tell you how much they cost. But, I do know that there is a charge for each song.

Plus, you can upload your own photo to the Nashville Star website and put yourself in a music video. Kinda corny, I know. But it's the kind of corny that kills time in the cubicle.

How many of y'all watch that there country music singing contest?

[Via Lost Remote]

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Take a vacation from Donald Trump

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 7th 2006 10:42AM
donald trump travelThe Donald's latest venture is in the travel business. He launched GoTrump.com, a website that promises low airfare and lodging rates. I checked it out and it's just a Trump-ed up version of Travelocity. Literally. It's a joint venture between Trump and Travelocity. Trump told the New York Times that his site offers special deals on his hotels and will allow normal, middle-class folks to live like the rich and famous. So far, it just looks like your run-of-the-mill travel website and Trump's hotel deals are nowhere to be found. There are also pictures of Trump planes on the site, but don't expect to ride on The Donald's airlines because that tanked in 1992.

Gee. You think we're going to see some GoTrump plugs on this season of The Apprentice? Yeah, me too.

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The Golden Globes home game

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 15th 2006 8:09AM
NBC has created a game on its website to go along with the live telecast of the Golden Globes, which air on Monday night (8-11 pm EST). It will feature a film and television trivia game that parallels whatever is happening on the Globes. It looks like the website is also going to have polls up as each category is announced so the internet can vote for who it wants to be Best Actress or whatever, and the results will appear in real-time up until the winner is announced. I think it would be interesting to see who people are hoping will win each category, compared to who actually wins.

You know what the website needs, that it doesn't have? A Golden Globes drinking game. Somebody kisses Jack Nicholson's ass? Take a drink! Someone does an impression of Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch? Drink! Scripted, playful banter between presenters falls flat? Drink up!

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